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George MacDonald

(1824-1905), Poet and novelist

Sitter in 17 portraits
Though no longer well known, George MacDonald's works, particularly his fairy tales and fantasies, have inspired many writers including W.H. Auden, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton. MacDonald began his life as a clergyman, but he turned his attention to writing. He initially attracted notice for poetry and his adult fantasy, Phantastes, but once he turned to the writing of realistic novels in the early 1860s, his name became widely known. Over the next thirty years, he wrote some fifty books, including novels, poetry, short stories, fantasy, sermons, essays, and a full-length study of Hamlet. After his death, MacDonald's reputation gradually declined, and most of his books are now out of print.

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George MacDonald, by William Jeffrey - NPG P36

George MacDonald

by William Jeffrey
albumen print, 1860s
NPG P36

George MacDonald, by Sir George Reid - NPG 2011

George MacDonald

by Sir George Reid
oil on canvas, 1868
NPG 2011

George MacDonald, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x13196

George MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x13196

George MacDonald, by William Jeffrey - NPG Ax7520

George MacDonald

by William Jeffrey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax7520

George MacDonald, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax17803

George MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax17803

George MacDonald, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG Ax39850

George MacDonald

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax39850

George MacDonald, by George Charles Wallich - NPG x13197

George MacDonald

by George Charles Wallich
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1867
NPG x13197

George MacDonald, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax18214

George MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax18214

George MacDonald, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x29179

George MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1870s
NPG x29179

Authors and Novelists, published by Hughes & Edmonds - NPG Ax132899

Authors and Novelists

published by Hughes & Edmonds
albumen print, published 1876
NPG Ax132899

George MacDonald, by Robert White Thrupp - NPG x38229

George MacDonald

by Robert White Thrupp
albumen cabinet card, circa 1880
NPG x38229

George MacDonald, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x27331

George MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry
photogravure, 1890s
NPG x27331

George MacDonald, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x13195

George MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1892?
NPG x13195

George MacDonald, by Elliott & Fry, published by  Maclure, Macdonald & Co - NPG x13194

George MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry, published by Maclure, Macdonald & Co
photogravure, 1892
NPG x13194

George MacDonald, by Richard Austin Artlett, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  Sir George Reid - NPG D38074

George MacDonald

by Richard Austin Artlett, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Sir George Reid
line engraving, published 10 May 1869
NPG D38074

George MacDonald, by Unknown artist - NPG D38075

George MacDonald

by Unknown artist
lithograph, 1870s-1880s
NPG D38075

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